If you haven’t yet heard, Sustenance Festival is well on its way in Vancouver. Sustenance Festival is a city-wide food, art, and culture festival supported by dozens of community partners, the City of Vancouver, and the Vancouver Parks Board.
This year, Sustenance Festival boasts over sixty events ranging from cooking workshops and food security talks to documentary screenings and art exhibits. Many of these events are free or low cost. Events take place at community centres, neighbourhood houses, and other spaces throughout the city.
This year, we are excited to see all of the events hosted by Vancouver Neighbourhood Food Network members. Check out the upcoming events happening at Sustenance Festival with the neighbourhood food networks. (more…)
Fall is here and we’re celebrating the bounty of the harvest. Check out the free family-friendly celebrations happening throughout the Vancouver Neighbourhood Food Networks this autumn.
Photo from Kits House’ Autumn Fair
South Vancouver Harvest Festival
Join the South Vancouver Food Network at their annual South Vancouver Harvest Festival on October 5th, 2018. They will be serving up delicious free food, you can press your own apple cider, have your face painted, and play games!
If you like to bake, enter a homemade dessert in the dessert competition for a chance to win a prize! This year’s theme is apples.
This event will feature a multi-cultural lunch, apple tasting, and apple cider pressing. Bring a potluck dish featuring apples from your country to share! This event is supported by Little Mountain-Riley Park Neighbourhood Food Network and featured as part of Sustenance Festival.
Saturday, October 20, 2018
Riley Park Community Garden, 50 East 30th Avenue, Vancouver
Autumn Fair 2018
Celebrate the season with Kits House and Westside Food Collaborative!
Kits House’s much anticipated 8th Annual Autumn Fair returns on Saturday October 27, 2018. This popular FREE community event brings in people of all ages together to meet their neighbours, have fun and celebrate the season!
The Autumn Fair fills an entire block with street vendors, food trucks, carnival games, a pumpkin patch, local musicians, and a farmers market. You can step inside Kits House to check out live entertainment, a haunted house, a pancake breakfast, and our tea room! The event will also feature a variety of entertainment, including a fun and popular kids character, an interactive theatre, and improv with The Fictionals Comedy Co.
Saturday October 27th, 2018
10:00am – 3:00pm
Kits House, 2305 West 7th Ave, Vancouver
Community seed libraries have sprung up around the world to create alternatives to the globalized farming industry. Locals in Vancouver have joined the global “Seed Sharing Movement” and established a number of seed libraries across the city. These seed libraries offer a variety of locally grown and climate-adapted seed specifically for our region. Additionally, they offer resources and tools to grow and save one’s own seed.
Seed art at Nexways wa lh7aynexw “Transformed Life” Britannia School Gardens
According to local seed saving project Borrow Save Share, we have lost between 75-90% of global crop diversity, including many heirloom and heritage crop varieties. As a result, our food crops are far less resilient in face of environmental disaster and extreme weather conditions.
While farmers and growers have saved and shared seeds for thousands of years, this practice has declined in recent years with the rise of a global food system. The global food system currently relies on the practice of monoculture farming, which encourages intensively growing a single crop on a large scale.
Village Vancouver and Grandview Woodlands Food Connection recently collaborated to start the Grandview Woodland Community Seed Library.
In Vancouver, we are lucky to have a number of dedicated individuals and community groups who offer free or low-cost #SeedySaturday events and provide educational resources.
Beyond preserving seed diversity, one of the goals is to “increase self-reliance and community resilience by focusing on community seed saving as opposed to large commercial seed suppliers,” says Grandview Woodland Community Seed Library.
Read on for a list of local seed libraries across Vancouver.
For more information about individual Neighbourhood Food Networks or their organizations, please visit the Vancouver Neighbourhood Food Networks map. Visit individual Neighbourhood Food Network websites for other current employment and volunteer opportunities.
This posting has been updated as of June 25, 2018.
This month, we are excited to highlight the work of our network member, Little Mountain-Riley Park Neighbourhood Food Network in the Little Mountain-Riley Park neighbourhood.
Growing, Harvesting, Sharing and Gathering: Celebrating the First Year in the Riley Park Community Garden
Building a community space tackling food insecurity while enhancing community engagement.
“I’m so happy I get to see all the amazing work being done in this garden and community, especially during this special tomato festival.”
– The Honourable Jody Wilson-Raybould, MP Vancouver Granville
Planting the seeds for the garden started more than 3 years ago. Following the demolishment of the Riley Park Community Centre in 2012, there was a need for an alternative community gathering place. The Parks Board master plan for the Riley Park redevelopment included a community garden, which presented the opportunity to both strengthen connections and build new connections to the neighbourhood.
The garden, the fieldhouse and the Neighbourhood Food Network Coordinator, are projects of Little Mountain Neighbourhood House. Over the past few years, we hosted conversations with community members, groups and organizations and established that the garden would aim to address the issues of food security and community involvement.